Tuesday, January 15, 2013

on the range {week 2}: the five remembrances, and pork stock


On the Range
January 8-14, 2013: Week 2
Milestones
  • Charlie says "Oh dank you" just exactly like my brother used to 17 years ago. It makes me laugh and gets me all verklempt every time she does it. So cute!
  • Charlie fell down a few concrete steps outside the preschool during a gust of wind. So far she seems okay except for some minor tooth pain. Holding my breath that she doesn't get a brown tooth.
  • Vivi is majorly obsessed about playdates with her friends now and runs up to me every day after school asking if someone can come over. Does this last until she can drive her own car?
  • Vivi is still sucking her thumb, but the necessity for gloves in winter has reversed the trend during car rides. The interest seems to be waning a tiny bit. Is it ethical if I tape mittens on her hands while she sleeps and watches TV?

Mom is doing...

  • I finished up my childbirth educator course, so my next short-term goal is to become certified. Then I am looking to apply for positions at local hospitals and maternity stores.
  • I am committed to eating down the fridge and freezer for the rest of the month, so I've given myself a cap of $10/week to buy perishables until February 1st.

Moods

  • My tummy is doing much better after only +/- 2 weeks of sugar/simple carb/dairy restriction and a probiotic supplement. I have more energy and crave sweets less.
  • I am still frustrated over the amount of new stuff in the house and am having an existential conversation in my own mind about what we should keep or give away. Is it worth my kids' happiness if I am this stressed out over the level of junk? Might they be happy with less, or even better, happier? How many Barbie shoes do we actually need, anyway? I vote none. What do you think?

Media
Meals

homemade pork stock

I consulted the interwebs first and found that many people wonder, as I do, why there is no pork stock on shelves in American grocery stores. Pork is our favorite meat, so we sought to fill in the gap with bones from our meat CSA's "ends and pieces" cooler. BTW, the bones cost me one whole dollar.

Pork bones (approx. 4, or an amount that will fill your stock pot or Dutch oven)
1 large onion, peeled and halved
2-3 stalks celery, cut in half, with tops on if possible
handful of parsley
1 dried hatch, guajillo, or ancho chile
pinch of dried thyme
handful of peppercorns

Roast bones in 425 degF oven on a baking sheet for 15 minutes or until browned.


Transfer bones to a stock pot or Dutch oven and add remaining ingredients. Cover with cold water (mine took about 8 cups). Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour. Strain out bones and bits and put in mason jars. Refrigerate and, once cool, remove solidified fat from top prior to using in a recipe.

Update (1-21-13): I just read a post about remouillage, which is the process of using soup bones twice. I'm not sure I'd do it for chicken bones since I typically remove the meat for soup, but I think pork bones are perfect for using twice. I didn't remove any of the meat from the bones for soup, so I'm sure they could have been used twice had I known about the practice.

Author's Note: This post was shared with Sunday School, Fight Back Friday, and Real Food Wednesday.

2 comments:

Mom said...

Barbie shoes vacuum up very nicely ( I am told) then you are rid of them . Seems that is a problem that has spanned our generations .

The #5 Buddha phase, I am responsible for my own actions , is also one of the " 7 Habits of Highly Effective People " It is #1 I believe . I find it interesting that it is your favorite since it is a moral philosophy of an ancient wise man and that of one of our contemporary philosophers ( can we call a phd a philosopher ...hmm?) Anyway it is a good one and I look forward to listening to Jeff Bridges and will definitely read his book . Who doesn't love Jeff Bridges !


Poor poor Charlotte . Well if she gets a brown tooth she is in good company , remember Julie did as well .

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Hope you are having a good week.

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